“I have promised and I will do it, says the Lord.”
Like the promise of sunrise after darkness, God is true and faithful in all that He says and does. He keeps his words and He never fails.
This truth is such a wonderful encouragement to wait on the Lord. Often, we are dominated by a certain desire that we want to get ahead of things and claim what we think we deserve. Part of being human is we want to be in control. However, God’s way does not work like ours. His timing is perfect – never early, never late. We only need to pause, step back and allow the Lord to take control. We cannot do it on our own anyway, so why not seek the Lord and submit to His will right from the start. As many would say, let go and let God.
The readings today are very apt to our continued reflection during this Lenten season. God’s promise of saving us from death and bringing us to Him through Jesus’ resurrection is not just Ezekiel’s prophecy, but God’s truth. Over 4,000 years have passed since the time of Abraham, God’s promises have always been fulfilled, whether one was a historical character in the bible or simply you and me.
Therefore, if He says, He will bring us to life from the dead, just like the miracle that Jesus performed with Lazarus (John 11:1-45), this means we can count on that promise. No matter how much sin controlled and ruled our lives, the Lord will take us out of such darkness. He will bring us to a new life where we can start anew.
However, as St. Paul reminded the Romans (8:8-11), we must acknowledge first that we belong to the Lord. We are not in the flesh, but in Christ’s spirit. “If Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is alive because of righteousness. If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give you life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit dwelling in you.”
On this, the 32nd day of Lent, may we find hope and faith in God’s unwavering fulfillment of promises in our lives. May we believe that in His absolute power and faithfulness, we can experience resurrection just like Lazarus, brought back to life through Christ’s unrelenting love.
Father God, you are a faithful God!
I praise and glorify you!
Thank you for never failing in keeping your promise.
You have showered me with undeserved graces but you just continue to make me feel loved – thank you!
I pray that I may not falter in my faith and trust in your will, that one day, I shall see your face in your kingdom.